Since I am a bit of healthy freak, I try to find ways to prepare food that is closed to what they want to eat, and chicken tenders is one of those food;-)
Since I was having lamb myself, and it wasn’t anything they wanted to eat, I had to come up with an alternative for them so I thought why not fix that healthy recipe of chicken tender I had seen in the “eat clean diet magazine”. This recipe is super easy, and I am certain your children would love it.
Ingredients: 3 chicken tenderloins per person, or one chicken breast per person cut in thin strips, 1 cup of flour, 1 cup of bread crumbs ( flavored or not), 2 eggs, 1/2 cup of parmesan, salt and pepper to taste, 1 tbsp of olive oil, 1 small onion diced thinly, 1 garlic clove crushed, 1 can of diced tomatoes, 1/2 tsp of italian seasoning.
First prepare the sauce that will accompany the chicken. In a medium saucepan, add the olive oil and turn the heat to medium. Add the onion, and sizzle them until they become golden. Then add the garlic and stir. Add the italian seasoning, salt and pepper to taste, and stir again. Add the tomatoes, stir well and bring to boil. After it boiled, reduce the temperature to low heat and let the sauce simmer. If you think the sauce is too tart, add 1 tbsp of granulated sugar.
While the sauce is simmering, prepare the chicken. Take all 3 bowls. In one bowl, place the flour, in another one the eggs that you would have beaten, and in another one the parmesan and the breadcrumbs. Dip each strip of chicken first in the flour, then in the eggs, and finally in the bread/ parmesan mixture, and lay each strip on the silpat.
Cook the chicken tenders in a warm oven of 375 for 10 minutes.
To eat, serve the tomato sauce in individual bowls, and let your guest dip their chicken in the sauce.
You may serve this meal with any sides. My chidren had raviolis…
I hope you will give it a try…
Bon Appetit and Happy Cooking!